Pilates, named for Joseph H. Pilates, was a nurse, who first opened his own studio in New York in 1926. He had clear ideas, philosophies, principles and exercise apparatus that formed the foundations of a physical therapy program for his patients.
Pilates, was a living testimony to the validity of his own teachings, being a frail child himself in his younger years.
Joseph Pilates, made extraordinary claims about the benefits of his defined science of “Contrology”. With his studies about people”s approach to physical fitness; along with the results of decades of scientific experimentation and research; he concluded that a variety of troubles and ills upset the balance of body and mind.
“What is balance of body and mind?”
It is the conscious control of all muscular movements of the body. It is the correct utilization and application of the leverage principles afforded by the bones, comprising the skeletal framework of the body, a complete knowledge of the mechanism of the body, and a full understanding of the principle of equilibrium and gravity as applied to the movements of the body in motion, at rest and in sleep.
-Joseph H. Pilates
Joseph Pilates’ fundamental tenets consist of posture, body mechanics, and correct breathing. His first teachings were about spinal flexibility, physical education, and the law of natural exercise. Pilates exercise is becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise. But, as with all forms of exercise, you should first consult your doctor before you start practicing Pilates exercise.
Getting started or just want to refresh your Pilates exercise program?
People of all ages can use Pilates for their general fitness or cross training with other sports, dance and exercise regimes to greatly improve their performance.
Pilates is for anyone who desires a firm but flexible body. It is for anyone who wants to move, work and play without pain.
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